Eric Is King
August 14, 2015
Well Done BRFC Groundsman Eric Kingscott.
He has picked up the Football Association Award for Groundsman of the Year for the Football Conference at an awards ceremony on Wednesday August 12th 2015.
The ceremony was held at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park in Burton-upon-Trent.
Bristol Rovers took top honours ahead of AFC Barrow and Aldershot.
Conference North Champions Barrow AFC, with Groundsman, Gareth Morgan, finished second.
Andy Nunn of Aldershot was placed third, recognising the high standard of the pitch at the EBB Stadium.
Every referee who took charge of a game at The Memorial Stadium last season was required to provide feedback on the condition of the pitch.
An independent groundsman then came down to inspect the playing surface and conducted a series of tests on the pitch, find out about all of the work carried out, what budget is available and the amount of equipment you have to carry out the necessary work.
The referee’s comments and the report of the independent groundsman then go to a panel who make the final decision on the overall winner.
The criteria for the process is outlined below:-
GROUNDSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2015
PLEASE NOTE: These questions are for guidance when assessing the pitch and the individual Groundsman.
Judges should be looking at the working environment and weighing that up against the quality of the pitch.
They must also consider awareness of why and how the various procedures on the pitch are undertaken.
- How many games/training sessions are held on the pitch over a season?
- How does the Groundsman deal with intensive play?
- How much finance is available to spend?
- What would the Groundsman like to do if the money were available?
- Is the Groundsman a volunteer / contractor are they / part time / full time?
- Does the Groundsman work alone?
- Does the Groundsman have control over whether games are cancelled due to weather / pitch conditions?
- What equipment is available for the Groundsman to use?
- What types of aeration are available? (This will determine how the ground deals with compaction)
- Does the Groundsman have a feeding and irrigation programme? If so, what is it?
- How does he/she decide on that programme? (Looking to see if soil tests are carried out)
- How many hours per week are dedicated to pitch maintenance?
- How has the Groundsman gained knowledge and how does the Groundsman further his knowledge?